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During the Second World War Brigadier Bruce White (as he then was) was Director of Ports and Inland Water Transport at the War Office; in this role he was responsible for the overall planning, design and manufacture of the Mulberry Harbours and he reported directly to Winston Churchill. Sir Bruce's personal papers provide a fascinating insight into the importance of the Mulberry harbours in the campaign to liberate Europe; they also show the tremendous hurdles that the project had to overcome.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day we will be posting some of this wealth of archive material here for private research and educational purposes. The material is copyright and is not to be used for any commercial use without prior written consent from Beckett Rankine Ltd.
1) Development of the Kite Anchor for Mulberry Harbour – Lecture Notes
By Allan Harry Beckett:
The notes below were prepared by Allan Beckett for use in a presentation of his design for the Kite anchor. The note explains the design process whereby he developed the exceptional holding power of the Kite anchor.
"To moor the Whale bridges and keep them straight in any weather required a mooring to each pontoon capable of withstanding a pull of 20 tons. To give a reasonable margin of safety some form of anchor with a holding power of 30 tons was necessary. To lay these anchors quickly over the beaches dictated that they should be light weight and fairly easily handled in small craft capable of operating in..
2) Allan Beckett, the Kite Anchor and Mulberry Harbour (PDF, 0.5MB)
"The 'Whale' was probably one of the finest pieces of bridge engineering the world has ever known." So said the Royal Navy's Rear Admiral Harold Hickling DSO in 1945. This paper by Allan Harry Beckett explains his design of the Whale; the paper was originally part of a series called "The Engineer at War" published by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1948.
Written in 1991 this document includes Allan's first hand recollections of the design and construction of Mulberry Harbour.
8) A Mulberry Harbour CDROM is available from:
This CD contains a wealth of information on the engineering aspects of the Mulberry Harbours and includes CAD annimations of the principal equipment together with contemporary video clips and technical drawings. The CD was produced with Beckett Rankine's assistance for the 60th anniversary of D Day.
Written by Brigadier Sir Bruce White just after the war this paper contains his overview of the Mulberry Harbour project.Click here to download.
10) Mulberry Harbour Codewords. (JPG, 36MB)
Are you confused about the codewords used for the Mulberry Harbours? If so you are not alone; this explanatory diagram was prepared in 1946 by the drawing office of the War Office's Tn5 department which was responsible for preparing many of the Mulberry Harbour design drawings.